On-screen love interests’ turning into real-life romances are nothing new, but not all such couples can handle balancing their two lives. “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp, 27, has been dating co-star Josh Bowman, 26, for more than two years, but she rarely talks about him with the media.
In a new interview with Elle Canada, however, the Canadian actress opens up about how she and Bowman balance it all, what it’s like playing a tough character and what her family thinks about the show.
“Josh and I keep it all very separate,” VanCamp said of their relationship, onscreen and off. “I barely talk about him in interviews, to be honest.”
Emily Thorne (VanCamp) and Daniel Grayson (Bowman) are married on the show, but the marriage isn’t a happy one. While the real-life couple seems to be going strong and staying out of the media spotlight, their onscreen counterparts aren’t really feeling the love. There’s a whole lot of backstabbing, blackmailing and name-calling in the Thorne-Grayson marriage, but it doesn’t really bother VanCamp.
“It’s just really funny in the moments when we’re playing these absolutely absurd things,” VanCamp said. “I call him ‘wife-beater Daniel.’ It’s hard for my family to watch. It’s also hard for them to see me in that light. But we’re actors. None of that lives in any of us. Thank God.”
While Thorne is a conniving, dangerous and incredibly angry person, VanCamp says that isn’t her at all and that she is good at leaving her character at work each night. She admits that playing her emotional counterpart is a bit draining, though, and looks to deep reflection to calm herself down after a long day.
“I’ve always been very good at letting my characters go at the end of the day,” she said. “For almost three years now, I’ve been playing with these heightened emotions, someone who’s so much more tortured than I could ever be, with so much more anger than I could ever have.
“At a certain point, it does start to weigh on you physically and mentally, and suddenly you’re not coping with things as well. I think it’s emotional exhaustion. It’s definitely something I’m trying to catch and change as much as possible when I really feel that it’s getting me down. I started meditating this year, which was hugely helpful. You have to let this all out.”